Department of Special Collections


The Department of Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare, valuable, or unique materials which support UCSB students, faculty, and research programs, as well as the scholarly community. The department's holdings are non-circulating but are available for research in the reading room during posted hours.


Before visiting the Department of Special Collections, we recommend that you check our 'Planning Your Research' page to avoid any delays or inconveniences.


Beginning on Monday July 7 and continuing throughout the summer, construction activities in Special Collections may result in delays retrieving materials for patrons and researchers. From July 30-August 10, construction will also impact the reading room and front office area. We suggest that patrons visiting from out of town, or on limited visiting schedules, consider the possibility of alternate dates for your visit in order to avoid construction disturbances and extended retrieval delays.

Browsing Collections

Special Collections acquires materials by gift, transfer, and purchase, in accordance with general library procedures.

For general questions, please email us at special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu or call (805) 893-3062.